ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/show en-us 40 Meridel Rubenstein - David Richard Gallery - July 14th - August 24th <p>Meridel Rubenstein began her professional career in the mid 1970&rsquo;s, evolving from photographer of single photographic images to multi-media artist of large-scale installations. Her artworks are known for their unusual combinations of materials and ideas and from the beginning, her art making has argued for an awareness of how we are connected to place.<br /> <br /> The newest work, <em><strong>Eden Turned on its Side</strong></em>, focuses on intersections of nature and culture in relationship to ecological and social imbalance. After millennia of destruction, can Eden be restored? Rubenstein explores this question in three parts: <br /> <br /> Part I, <em>Photosynthesis</em>, the subject of this small exhibition, includes images of trees and people exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the seasons, in a post-Edenic and threatened relationship. Presented not as a timeline but as a natural cycle of life, death and rebirth, human beings and nature are visualized deeply connected and existing in a true, if threatened, symbiosis.<br /> <br /> Part II, <em>The Volcano Cycle</em>, explores volcanoes from Indonesia&rsquo;s Ring of Fire that evoke earth, climate change and human co-evolution. Here the destructive forces of Nature are observed to be regenerative.<br /> <br /> Part III, <em>Eden in Iraq</em>, is set in the marshes of South&shy;ern Iraq, a site said to be very near to the original Gar&shy;den of Eden. Here Meridel is co-designing a wastewater garden/memorial site that aims to transform relics of war and destruction into art.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:29:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Gregory Botts - David Richard Gallery - July 15th - August 24th <p>These contemporary landscapes by Gregory Botts were painted in Madrid, New Mexico. Botts combined figuration with geometry, plein air with studio painting and site-specific locations with memory to create his abstractions. His approach and palette are fresh and reductive with bold brush strokes and a range of vertical as well as horizontal views. His fragmenting of the plein air paintings and reassembling them with elements from other paintings and memory engage the viewer with his constructed narratives and viewpoints.<br /> <br /> David Richard Gallery is pleased to represent Gregory Botts.<br /> <br /> At first glance, Gregory Botts&rsquo; paintings are as straight forward as they seem, contemporary and reductive landscapes. However, on closer examination they are much more complex with many layers of imagery, painting and meaning, shifting more to abstraction and bordering on conceptual. How can that be? Botts is fascinated with the passage of time, both on a micro scale&mdash;the duration of time when creating his plein air paintings with the ever changing clouds, moving water and shifting sun that changes the light, shadows and color palette&mdash;and macro scale&mdash;shifts in art tendencies and genre, the poetics of art and popular culture and changes in the environment. Yet he captures all of this passage of time and more in his paintings as he creates narratives illustrating the impact of these changes. For Botts, &ldquo;the reality of the present is informed by the romantic past and the projected idealistic future&rdquo;. Painting with Fairfield Porter and Paul Georges on Long Island, NY, he honed his formal skills from the masters. However, Botts was very much influenced by his contemporary colleagues in New York and the ever-changing world of Post-Modern art. Botts conflates all of it into his unique approach to landscape painting in a very modern and contemporary world. His plein air paintings capture the essence of the landscape, while the studio paintings introduce his memory and interpretation. The pinnacle of this work is the constructions, the paintings of paintings that have been juxtaposed in the studio in various orientations with the many overlapping fragments combined together. The constructions are the narratives that bring together the passage of time on a micro and macro scale as well as the artist&rsquo;s romantic and poetic notions and formal elements from art historical positions and cultural fashion, all of which impact our view and interpretation of the landscape. <br /> <br /> Gregory Botts divides his painting practice between New York City and Northern New Mexico. He studied at the School of Visual Arts, NYC and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Since 1982 Botts has had more than 30 solo exhibitions and his paintings included in numerous group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Roswell and Atlanta among other cities. His exhibitions have been reviewed in <em>Art In America, ARTnews, Artsmagazine, Art International, Village Voice</em> and the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. Botts&rsquo; artwork is included in many private collections and the permanent collections of the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, San Antonio Museum of Art, TX, Denver Art Museum, CO, La Jolla Museum of Art, CA, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA and Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, HI, among others.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:26:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Lilly Fenichel - David Richard Gallery - August 1st - September 6th <p>Lilly Fenichel&rsquo;s painting career has spanned more than 6 decades, starting with her studies at the California School of Fine Art with Hassel Smith. Fenichel has explored Abstract Expressionism, gestural abstraction and Color Field painting through most of her career in a variety of media and supports. She has had forays into figuration, geometric abstraction, shaped fiberglass supports, three-dimensional wall structures and furniture design. Always with a critical eye toward composition and color harmonies, a focus on visual depth and complex surfaces. <br /> <br /> Lilly Fenichel initially lived and worked in Los Angeles and then later moved to Taos, NM to join the Taos Moderns with her friends Beatrice Mandelman, Oli Sihvonen and Ed Corbett among others. She currently lives and works in Albuquerque where she continues to explore abstract painting with oil glazes on a synthetic polypropylene support.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:12:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Ai Weiwei, Bert Benall - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - July 16th - October 16th <p style="text-align: justify;">A documentary film directed by Daniel Hyde and Blackhorse Lowe. Part of the Temporary Installations Made for the Environment (TIME) project, which documents the site-specific land art project by artists Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally. A new media installation as part of Pull of the Moon, a site-specific land art project by artists Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally is featured in the Honor Gallery.<em> Pull of the Moon</em> is part of the Navajo TIME project, a unique partnership between New Mexico Arts and the Navajo Nation Museum.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:16:24 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Andrea Geyer - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - July 18th - December 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">July 18 &ndash; July 31 | August 21 &ndash; December 31, 2014 Every Saturday &ndash; Monday</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A slide and sound installation by Andrea Geyer<br /> A collaboration with SITE Santa Fe, as part of SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas<br /> <em>Unsettled Landscapes</em><br /> <em><br /> </em> Andrea Geyer digs into the complexities of narrative and imagery to consider how they become solidified into history and art. Her series <em>Spiral Lands</em> concerns history&rsquo;s tendency to repeat itself. Created at a time when American exceptionalism was coloring the invasion of Iraq, for Geyer, the rhetoric justifying the invasion was reminiscent of that of manifest destiny. A work in three parts, <em>Spiral Lands / Chapter 2</em>, replicates an educational setting: slides of Chaco Canyon and Bandelier National Monument click by as a lecture is continuously broadcast over speakers. The lecture displaces single authorship with a multitude of voices-Native and non-Native alike</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:01:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - May 24th - July 31st <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Helen Hardin Media Gallery</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Featuring films from Sundance Institute&rsquo;s Native American and Indigenous Program:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>Sikumi</strong> (On the Ice)</em> &ndash; An I&ntilde;uit hunter takes his dog team out on the frozen Arctic Ocean in search of seals and inadvertently becomes a witness to a murder. Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Inupiaq) (15 mins.)</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>Nikamowin</strong> (Song)</em> &ndash; Deconstructing and reconstructing Cree narrative, this film experiments with language to create a linguistic soundscape.&nbsp;Director: Kevin Lee Burton (Swampy Cree) (12 mins.)</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>Shim&aacute;s&aacute;n&iacute;</strong></em> &ndash; When Mary Jane finds a world geography book that shows her an entirely new world, she must decide whether to maintain her traditional Navajo reservation lifestyle with her grandmother or go out into the larger world. Director and screenwriter: Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo) (15 mins.)</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>Gesture Down</strong></em> -<em> I Don&rsquo;t Sing</em> &ndash; A graceful and personal adaptation of the poem &ldquo;Gesture Down to Guatemala&rdquo; by the late Native American writer James Welch. Director: Ceder Sherbert (Kumeyaay) (8 mins.)</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>Two Cars One Night /New Zealand</strong></em>&nbsp; &ndash; Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub. Director and screenwriter: Taika Waititi (Te Whanau Apanui) (10 mins.)</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>About Sundance Institute&rsquo;s Native American and Indigenous Program:</strong></em> Celebrating its 20th anniversary and rooted in the recognition of rich tradition of storytelling and artistic expression by Native American and Indigenous peoples, Sundance Institute&rsquo;s Native American and Indigenous Program operates the Native Forum at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as the NativeLab Film Fellowship and Native Producers Fellowship to aid emerging Native American/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian filmmakers. The program has also established filmmaker labs in New Zealand and Australia. The program has supported such projects as<em> Bran Nue Dae, Here I Am, Four Sheets to the Wind, Barking Water, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Miss Navajo, Grab, Sikumi, On the Ice, </em>and</span><em><span style="font-size: small;"> Mosquita y Mari.</span> </em></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:49:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Kenojuak Ashevak - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - January 25th - July 31st <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Internationally renowned graphic artist<strong> Kenojuak Ashevak</strong> (b. 1927) passed away in 2013 at the age of 85. While we mourn the loss of one of the most significant Inuit artists of the modern era, she leaves behind an unparalleled artistic legacy in prints and drawings created over 50 years of uninterrupted production. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The selection of works from the <em><strong>Edward J. Guarino Collection</strong> </em>highlight the diversity of Ashevak&rsquo;s print practices and the development of her iconic style over a long and prolific career. Although she frequently experimented with different print techniques and materials, her bold graphic style has remained a constant feature of her work. Remarkably, Ashevak is known for producing her vibrant compositions of Arctic flora and fauna without the use of a sketchpad or eraser. Rather, she deftly created her complex arrangements of owls, ravens, fish and other creatures of the North using a single line from start to finish. This technique is perfected in works such as Ravens Entwined (2004).</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Although Ashevak was born in an igloo and spent her youth living on the land, she and her husband Johnniebo eventually settled in the small Baffin Island community of Kinngait (Cape Dorset) when their children were enrolled in school. In 1959, she became a founding member of Kinngait Studios, the artistic branch of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, with a group of other emerging Inuit sculptors and graphic artists interested in formalizing and professionalizing their collective art practices. As a skilled seamstress, Kenojuak was already well known for her sealskin applique clothing and beadwork when she began experimenting with drawing in the studio, and her first print, <em>Rabbit Eating Seaweed</em> (1959), was based off the design of a two-tone purse she had earlier created in fur and skin. That print was included in the first ever Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection in 1959, and her work has since been included in nearly all of the subsequent annual collections.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Most every honor that Canada can bestow upon an artist has been conferred to Ashevak. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nunavut; the recipient of a Governor General&rsquo;s award and two honorary degrees; and has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. She has been the subject of a National Film Board documentary film &ndash; <em>Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak </em>(1963)<em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em> &ndash; and her iconic print <em>The Enchanted Owl</em> (1960) was issued as a commemorative stamp in 1970. For her innumerable contributions to the field of Inuit art, she will forever be held in the highest esteem by both the art world and her people.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">- Heather Igloliorte</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>About the author:</strong> </em>Inuk curator and art historian Heather Igloliorte is an </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Assistant Professor of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:47:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list B.C. Nowlin, Jim Eppler - Manitou Galleries - August 1st - August 15th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Manitou Galleries is proud to present&nbsp;<em>The Raven &amp; The Journey</em>&nbsp;with new works from&nbsp;<strong>Jim Eppler &amp; B.C. Nowlin</strong>.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In many Native traditions, the raven is a symbol of change and metamorphosis. Jim Eppler, who presents this concept in literal fashion, is widely known for his realistic raven sculptures. B.C. Nowlin's autumnal canvases portray horseback riders, always facing away, entering into a mysterious journey from which comes transformation. These two artists' works take "the only constant", and bring us beauty.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="font-size: small;">Jim Eppler</strong><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;has been praised for his lifelike recreations and gentle interpretations of animals. It is Eppler&rsquo;s respect and appreciation for nature that allows his art to flow so freely though his bronze sculpture.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">As accomplished as Eppler is in wildlife art, he does not limit himself to that realm. He is an accomplished portrait artist and skilled musician who is able to meld his gift for song and portraiture by creating commissioned portraits for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has created commissioned pieces for MCA Records, Mercury Records, Chappell Music, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and numerous private collectors.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></span><strong style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>B.C. Nowlin&rsquo;s</strong>&nbsp;art mirrors his cross-cultural background. A native of Alameda, New Mexico, his family&rsquo;s land formed the southern boundary of the Sandia Pueblo Reservation. Nowlin came of age steeped in childhood experiences of vibrant Hispanic culture and Native Puebloan mysticism.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Entirely self-taught, using neither photos or sketches, Nowlin has created a visual catalog of spiritual journeys that have become his signature imagery. His palette reflects a stunning array of styles, a complex originality, and a surprising breadth of imagery that has attracted exhibitions in galleries and corporate collections worldwide.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The opening reception is occuring in conjunction with the West Palace Arts District&rsquo;s First Friday Art Walk. &nbsp;Manitou will host Mariachi Porvenir on our patio. The show will be on view through August 15<sup>th</sup>.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:41:19 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Reid Richardson - The William & Joseph Gallery - August 22nd - September 30th Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:21:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Harlan Reano, Lisa Holt, Rick Bartow, Yatika Starr Fields, Harry Fonseca, Emmi Whitehorse - Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art - August 9th - August 31st Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:18:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Ishii Toru - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art - July 26th 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">*<strong>Grand Opening: Friday, August 22, 2014, 5 - 7 pm</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce <strong>IMPACTS!</strong> <strong>・勢み</strong><em>,</em> an exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art.&nbsp; The preview opening is <strong>Friday, July 25, 2014 from 5-7 pm </strong>at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, <strong>from 5-7pm </strong>to coincide with the <strong>Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk.&nbsp; </strong>The Grand Opening will be on <strong>Friday, August 22, 2014 from 5-7 pm. </strong>&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In conjunction with Indian Market Week in Santa Fe, Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird will have a exhibition of their contemporary jewelry on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 4-6 pm.&nbsp; (Please see separate press release.)</span></p> <p class="DefaultCxSpFirst" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo presents: </span><strong style="font-size: small;">IMPACTS!</strong><strong style="font-size: small;">・勢み</strong><span style="font-size: small;">, an exhibition of artworks by artists primarily from Japan.&nbsp; </span><strong style="font-size: small;">IMPACTS</strong><span style="font-size: small;">! ・</span><strong style="font-size: small;">勢み</strong><span style="font-size: small;"> features over fifteen established and emerging artists&nbsp; such as AMANO Yoshitaka, designer of images from the popular video game, </span><em style="font-size: small;">Final Fantasy</em><span style="font-size: small;"> and emerging artist KATO Ai, who first achieved notoriety as a street artist, but has been forging new paths in the contemporary Japanese art scene.&nbsp; The exhibition and relevant events bring together innovators and leaders of contemporary art, encouraging a dialogue between artists, collectors and critics about cultural, political and artistic issues and how they influence contemporary art in their respective countries.&nbsp; The exhibit will include panel discussions, film viewings, artist talks, a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and a live painting by AI Kato. &nbsp;Artists included are &nbsp;EGUCHI Ayane, IKEDA Manabu, ISHII Toru, ISHIHARA Nanami, KANEKO Tomiyuki, KIMURA Ryoko, KONDOH Akino, NODA Hitomi, O JUN, TANADA Koji, TANIGUCHI Natsuko, TENMYOUYA Hisashi, YAMAGUCHI Ai among others.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Events are free to the public to encourage community, collaboration and growth in the contemporary art world.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">For more in depth information, please see the following profiles of select artists to be featured.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>IMPACTS!</strong> <strong>・勢み</strong> will feature five works by the artist ISHIHARA Nanami.&nbsp; Two of these works, &ldquo;Yamame&rdquo; and &ldquo;Lucky Dragon No. 5&rdquo; are staggering in size (both are over six feet high and 12 feet long) and filled with powerful imagery.&nbsp; The two were painted &nbsp;with Japanese pigment and acrylic gouache on cotton mounted on panel.&nbsp;&nbsp; When placed next to each other, they create the sensation of the sea (Lucky Dragon No. 5) and mountains (Yamame.)&nbsp;&nbsp; However, this complementary arrangement barely touches on the complexity of the story and references with which Ishihara works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ISHIHARA Nanami&rsquo;s work began in college when she studied <em>nihonga </em>(Japanese traditional-style painting dating back to 1000 CE).&nbsp;Her choice has not been a popular course study with Japanese university students.&nbsp; Of this, ISHIHARA states, &ldquo;I was really influenced by the feeling of freshness I had when I first encountered Japanese historical painting, and when I first tried it out myself.&nbsp; The kind of line drawing that can be seen in Japanese painting, its playful spirit, its myths and legends &ndash; I began to want to express all these things in my own compositions.&rdquo;&nbsp; While the artist was excited about her exploration of <em>nihonga, </em>she felt it impossible to ignore the need to express circumstances and events in modern life.&nbsp; The result is work that is historically referential while addressing both current events and issues in a powerful way.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In ISHIHARA Nanami&rsquo;s painting &ldquo;Yamame,&rdquo; the central figure is a depiction of Yama-uba,&nbsp; the mountain witch from Japanese folklore.&nbsp; &nbsp;She is said to have cared for the mountains since the world began, covering them with snow in winter and blossoms in summer.&nbsp; In this work, she rides over the mountains on her black horse with great strength.&nbsp; It is the strength of this figure&rsquo;s &ldquo;life force&rdquo; that Ishihara places at the forefront of the work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This work contains elements of Chinese propaganda, traditional hedonistic <em>ukiyo-e</em> imagery (a style of Japanese woodblock printing,) notes of Western art and composition, as well as references to natural disasters and war.&nbsp;&nbsp; All of these elements come together along with modern day fears and issues in a dizzying and captivating composition.&nbsp; The result is jarring, yet incredibly compelling.&nbsp; What results is a work that the viewer can contemplate endlessly.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is no surprise that ISHIHARA Nanami&nbsp; painted &ldquo;Yamame&rdquo; after the devastating earthquake in Japan in April of 2011.&nbsp; The artist was faced with the immeasurable, unpredictable force and power wielded by nature.&nbsp; &ldquo;Yamame&rdquo; is, in a way, an homage to that feeling of not knowing &nbsp;and unease.&nbsp; That feeling, according to ISHIHARA, &ldquo;becomes almost something you want to revere &ndash; a feeling of being in total chaos.&rdquo;&nbsp; However, while recognizing everyday uneasiness, and at times, feelings of dread, the artist seeks to express many different emotions and experiences that confront people.&nbsp; While, in &ldquo;Yamame,&rdquo; there is expressed a feeling of chaos and destruction.&nbsp; The artist is also open to the possibility of the good when she states &ldquo;there remains uneasiness, but that does <em>not</em> mean that tomorrow there is not hope or there is not the vitality of life.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>EGUCHI Ayane</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will also feature oil paintings by artist EGUCHI Ayane, from Hokkaido, in northern Japan. &nbsp;Her works initially appear to fully embrace <em>Kawaii</em>, &nbsp;the ubiquitous element of cuteness in Japanese popular culture, but a closer look reveals more ominous qualities. &nbsp;&nbsp;EGUCHI&rsquo;S paintings feature candy-colored landscapes that morph into bears, kittens &nbsp;and then into mushrooms that melt into pastel-colored glaciers peeking out from shimmering swamps.&nbsp;&nbsp; EGUCHI likes to play with the idea of symbolic expressions of dualities, as demonstrated by the bear, a frequent motif in her work. &nbsp;The bear is often presented as&nbsp;a cuddly plaything, but in reality it can be quite ferocious.&nbsp; Like many of the other artists featured in IMPACTS! ・勢み,&nbsp; EGUCHI was deeply affected by the 2011 earthquake, which can be seen and felt in her work as&nbsp;forces&nbsp;under the earth. &nbsp;She draws a similar comparison to nature and landscapes, which can be at once beautiful yet fickle and dangerous, as demonstrated by the natural disasters that can arise at a moment&rsquo;s notice. &nbsp;Viewers are&nbsp;attracted to the stillness and playfulness within EGUCHI&rsquo;s landscapes, but&nbsp;at the same&nbsp;time&nbsp;they are kept on their toes by the whisper of volatility that lingers beneath the surface.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>KANEKO Tomiyuki</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">KANEKO Tomiyuki is an emerging artist from Tohoku- Yamagata, a region of Japan that was hit by the devastating&nbsp; earthquake and tsunami of 2011.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;KANEKO&rsquo;S approach to painting follows the art of <em>Iai</em> (drawing the Japanese sword) and the practice of confronting difficulty as bravery. &nbsp;This philosophy is unmistakably expressed in the form of a lion in his piece entitled:&nbsp; <em>Red Banas Pati Raja</em> where the visual aesthetic resonates the style with of Rinpa Buddhist art and the narrative mythologies of <em>Yōkai</em><em>.</em> &nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Yōkai</em>, a dominant theme in KANEKO&rsquo;s work, are spirits or haunts born of their environments and everyday life. &nbsp;They can reveal hidden secrets in between the lines of history, or they can be read as a prophecy of things to come. &nbsp;KANEKO&rsquo;s inspiration is drawn from Japanese folklore and the spiritual world giving life to these detailed paintings that manifest his personal visions of the <em>Yōkai</em><em>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">KANEKO integrates elements of lettering and patterns in his work, weaving in the concept of <em>Kotodama</em>, a belief that within language there resides a soul power. &nbsp;With this in mind, KANEKO incorporates&nbsp;elements of lettering and wave like patterns into the background, symbolizing energy.&nbsp; &nbsp;It is this very soul power, that leaves the viewer tingling with strong and visceral reactions.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:26:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Group Show - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art - July 25th - September 22nd <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">*<strong>Grand Opening: Friday, August 22, 2014, 5 - 7 pm</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce <strong>IMPACTS!</strong> <strong>・勢み</strong><em>,</em> an exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art.&nbsp; The preview opening is <strong>Friday, July 25, 2014 from 5-7 pm </strong>at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, <strong>from 5-7pm </strong>to coincide with the <strong>Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk.&nbsp; </strong>The Grand Opening will be on <strong>Friday, August 22, 2014 from 5-7 pm. </strong>&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In conjunction with Indian Market Week in Santa Fe, Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird will have a exhibition of their contemporary jewelry on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 4-6 pm.&nbsp; (Please see separate press release.)</span></p> <p class="DefaultCxSpFirst" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo presents: </span><strong style="font-size: small;">IMPACTS!</strong><strong style="font-size: small;">・勢み</strong><span style="font-size: small;">, an exhibition of artworks by artists primarily from Japan.&nbsp; </span><strong style="font-size: small;">IMPACTS</strong><span style="font-size: small;">! ・</span><strong style="font-size: small;">勢み</strong><span style="font-size: small;"> features over fifteen established and emerging artists&nbsp; such as AMANO Yoshitaka, designer of images from the popular video game, </span><em style="font-size: small;">Final Fantasy</em><span style="font-size: small;"> and emerging artist KATO Ai, who first achieved notoriety as a street artist, but has been forging new paths in the contemporary Japanese art scene.&nbsp; The exhibition and relevant events bring together innovators and leaders of contemporary art, encouraging a dialogue between artists, collectors and critics about cultural, political and artistic issues and how they influence contemporary art in their respective countries.&nbsp; The exhibit will include panel discussions, film viewings, artist talks, a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and a live painting by AI Kato. &nbsp;Artists included are &nbsp;EGUCHI Ayane, IKEDA Manabu, ISHII Toru, ISHIHARA Nanami, KANEKO Tomiyuki, KIMURA Ryoko, KONDOH Akino, NODA Hitomi, O JUN, TANADA Koji, TANIGUCHI Natsuko, TENMYOUYA Hisashi, YAMAGUCHI Ai among others.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Events are free to the public to encourage community, collaboration and growth in the contemporary art world.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">For more in depth information, please see the following profiles of select artists to be featured.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>IMPACTS!</strong> <strong>・勢み</strong> will feature five works by the artist ISHIHARA Nanami.&nbsp; Two of these works, &ldquo;Yamame&rdquo; and &ldquo;Lucky Dragon No. 5&rdquo; are staggering in size (both are over six feet high and 12 feet long) and filled with powerful imagery.&nbsp; The two were painted &nbsp;with Japanese pigment and acrylic gouache on cotton mounted on panel.&nbsp;&nbsp; When placed next to each other, they create the sensation of the sea (Lucky Dragon No. 5) and mountains (Yamame.)&nbsp;&nbsp; However, this complementary arrangement barely touches on the complexity of the story and references with which Ishihara works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ISHIHARA Nanami&rsquo;s work began in college when she studied <em>nihonga </em>(Japanese traditional-style painting dating back to 1000 CE).&nbsp;Her choice has not been a popular course study with Japanese university students.&nbsp; Of this, ISHIHARA states, &ldquo;I was really influenced by the feeling of freshness I had when I first encountered Japanese historical painting, and when I first tried it out myself.&nbsp; The kind of line drawing that can be seen in Japanese painting, its playful spirit, its myths and legends &ndash; I began to want to express all these things in my own compositions.&rdquo;&nbsp; While the artist was excited about her exploration of <em>nihonga, </em>she felt it impossible to ignore the need to express circumstances and events in modern life.&nbsp; The result is work that is historically referential while addressing both current events and issues in a powerful way.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In ISHIHARA Nanami&rsquo;s painting &ldquo;Yamame,&rdquo; the central figure is a depiction of Yama-uba,&nbsp; the mountain witch from Japanese folklore.&nbsp; &nbsp;She is said to have cared for the mountains since the world began, covering them with snow in winter and blossoms in summer.&nbsp; In this work, she rides over the mountains on her black horse with great strength.&nbsp; It is the strength of this figure&rsquo;s &ldquo;life force&rdquo; that Ishihara places at the forefront of the work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This work contains elements of Chinese propaganda, traditional hedonistic <em>ukiyo-e</em> imagery (a style of Japanese woodblock printing,) notes of Western art and composition, as well as references to natural disasters and war.&nbsp;&nbsp; All of these elements come together along with modern day fears and issues in a dizzying and captivating composition.&nbsp; The result is jarring, yet incredibly compelling.&nbsp; What results is a work that the viewer can contemplate endlessly.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is no surprise that ISHIHARA Nanami&nbsp; painted &ldquo;Yamame&rdquo; after the devastating earthquake in Japan in April of 2011.&nbsp; The artist was faced with the immeasurable, unpredictable force and power wielded by nature.&nbsp; &ldquo;Yamame&rdquo; is, in a way, an homage to that feeling of not knowing &nbsp;and unease.&nbsp; That feeling, according to ISHIHARA, &ldquo;becomes almost something you want to revere &ndash; a feeling of being in total chaos.&rdquo;&nbsp; However, while recognizing everyday uneasiness, and at times, feelings of dread, the artist seeks to express many different emotions and experiences that confront people.&nbsp; While, in &ldquo;Yamame,&rdquo; there is expressed a feeling of chaos and destruction.&nbsp; The artist is also open to the possibility of the good when she states &ldquo;there remains uneasiness, but that does <em>not</em> mean that tomorrow there is not hope or there is not the vitality of life.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>EGUCHI Ayane</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will also feature oil paintings by artist EGUCHI Ayane, from Hokkaido, in northern Japan. &nbsp;Her works initially appear to fully embrace <em>Kawaii</em>, &nbsp;the ubiquitous element of cuteness in Japanese popular culture, but a closer look reveals more ominous qualities. &nbsp;&nbsp;EGUCHI&rsquo;S paintings feature candy-colored landscapes that morph into bears, kittens &nbsp;and then into mushrooms that melt into pastel-colored glaciers peeking out from shimmering swamps.&nbsp;&nbsp; EGUCHI likes to play with the idea of symbolic expressions of dualities, as demonstrated by the bear, a frequent motif in her work. &nbsp;The bear is often presented as&nbsp;a cuddly plaything, but in reality it can be quite ferocious.&nbsp; Like many of the other artists featured in IMPACTS! ・勢み,&nbsp; EGUCHI was deeply affected by the 2011 earthquake, which can be seen and felt in her work as&nbsp;forces&nbsp;under the earth. &nbsp;She draws a similar comparison to nature and landscapes, which can be at once beautiful yet fickle and dangerous, as demonstrated by the natural disasters that can arise at a moment&rsquo;s notice. &nbsp;Viewers are&nbsp;attracted to the stillness and playfulness within EGUCHI&rsquo;s landscapes, but&nbsp;at the same&nbsp;time&nbsp;they are kept on their toes by the whisper of volatility that lingers beneath the surface.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>KANEKO Tomiyuki</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">KANEKO Tomiyuki is an emerging artist from Tohoku- Yamagata, a region of Japan that was hit by the devastating&nbsp; earthquake and tsunami of 2011.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;KANEKO&rsquo;S approach to painting follows the art of <em>Iai</em> (drawing the Japanese sword) and the practice of confronting difficulty as bravery. &nbsp;This philosophy is unmistakably expressed in the form of a lion in his piece entitled:&nbsp; <em>Red Banas Pati Raja</em> where the visual aesthetic resonates the style with of Rinpa Buddhist art and the narrative mythologies of <em>Yōkai</em><em>.</em> &nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Yōkai</em>, a dominant theme in KANEKO&rsquo;s work, are spirits or haunts born of their environments and everyday life. &nbsp;They can reveal hidden secrets in between the lines of history, or they can be read as a prophecy of things to come. &nbsp;KANEKO&rsquo;s inspiration is drawn from Japanese folklore and the spiritual world giving life to these detailed paintings that manifest his personal visions of the <em>Yōkai</em><em>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">KANEKO integrates elements of lettering and patterns in his work, weaving in the concept of <em>Kotodama</em>, a belief that within language there resides a soul power. &nbsp;With this in mind, KANEKO incorporates&nbsp;elements of lettering and wave like patterns into the background, symbolizing energy.&nbsp; &nbsp;It is this very soul power, that leaves the viewer tingling with strong and visceral reactions.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:54:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list lawrence fodor - Gebert Contemporary - 558 - July 11th - August 9th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art,</strong> in conjunction with&nbsp;<strong>Gebert Contemporary</strong>, is pleased to present two special solo exhibitions&nbsp;July 11 &ndash; August 9, 2014&nbsp;at Gebert Contemporary, 558 Canyon Rd. New paintings by&nbsp;<strong>Lawrence Fodor, <em>Without Gravity</em>,</strong> and new photographs by<strong>&nbsp;Tasha Ostrander,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/sfe/events/show/347695-plains-of-apparition" target="_blank"><em>Plains of Apparition</em></a></strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Established New Mexico abstract painter&nbsp;<strong>Lawrence Fodor</strong>&nbsp;went into the studio almost two years ago to make a new body of work. His goals were moving beyond past accomplishments, stripping away past influences, leaving behind preconceptions, and developing a new personal visual language. No small task, but considerable progress has been made.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>Without Gravity</em></strong>&nbsp;consists of almost a dozen canvases and works on paper, mostly large scale, each its own stage, where&nbsp;<strong>Fodor</strong>&lsquo;s marks come together giving life to the movement. His imagery emerges and recedes, made up of thousands of small, crisp, free-flowing brush strokes. Each of these works is the result of &ldquo;leaving&rdquo; preconceptions and past experience to arrive at paintings that &ldquo;disclose, unveil, and become revelatory.&rdquo; He likens his process to what John Cage described as &ldquo;leaving&rdquo;, when he said, &ldquo;When you start working, everybody is in your studio &ndash; the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas&hellip;But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:55:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Tasha Ostrander - Gebert Contemporary - 558 - July 11th - August 9th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art,</strong> in conjunction with&nbsp;<strong>Gebert Contemporary</strong>, is pleased to present two special solo exhibitions&nbsp;July 11 &ndash; August 9, 2014&nbsp;at Gebert Contemporary, 558 Canyon Rd. New paintings by&nbsp;<strong>Lawrence Fodor, <a href="http://www.artslant.com/sfe/events/show/347696-without-gravity" target="_blank"><em>Without Gravity</em></a>,</strong> and new photographs by<strong>&nbsp;Tasha Ostrander,&nbsp;<em>Plains of Apparition</em></strong>.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Tasha Ostrander&rsquo;s</strong>&nbsp;recent color photographs are haunted by the memory of big-game hunters and their prey. By layering animal imagery with architectural settings of a bygone era, such as the interiors of the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Public Library, or the Louvre,&nbsp;<strong>Ostrander</strong>&nbsp;re-creates for the animals an unnatural habitat and gives voice to the ghost stories that reside in the theatrical display of dioramas. Her visual juxtapositions reanimate the animal kingdom and underscore the often tense coexistence of the natural world and the man-made.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong style="line-height: 1.5em;">Tasha Ostrander&rsquo;s</strong>&nbsp;project is rooted in a personal archaeology, an unearthing of the lives of the hunters in her own family. The artist has spent the past year conducting research and photographing at several natural history museums, particularly the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where her relatives donated many of their taxidermied animals as well as archives related to these donations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Like many of the artist&rsquo;s projects,&nbsp;<strong><em>Plains of Apparition</em></strong>&nbsp;explores what&nbsp;<strong>Ostrander</strong>&nbsp;refers to as &ldquo;the balance of life and death, the natural and spiritual sciences, and the healing, redemptive power of creativity.&rdquo; Through the fragile lives of animals and insects,&nbsp;<strong>Ostrander</strong>&nbsp;invokes narratives both environmental and existential.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:55:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Sheryl Zacharia - TANSEY CONTEMPORARY - July 25th - August 19th <p style="text-align: justify;">As a child I was captivated by old things. I realize now it was the handmade quality that attracted me. My clay works are influenced by the material itself, its history and the intimacy of its interaction with the hand and touch. This is why my surfaces reveal the process; and the process becomes the surface. The intention of my art is not to tell a story, but to create objects that influence and enhance the space around them, evoking an emotional response.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:01:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Jesse Blanchard - LewAllen Galleries (Railyard) - August 29th - September 21st Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:55:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list